Out shopping with my wife yesterday I came across a vintage backpack, my wife will tell you I have a thing for backpacks and this being vintage was wonderful, full of old badges and somewhat rough around the edges. The price a very reasonable £10.
But I didn't buy it.
Not long before I found the bag I came across Peter again sat outside a church trying to keep warm. People coming and going from the church simply chose to ignore Peter, I chose to do as I usually do when I meet him, sat and have a chat.
It seems the winter has been unkind to him, with all the rain we have been having he has found it impossible to stay dry and warm, this has given him a chest infection. He just wants the warmer weather to come so he can stay warm. After 15 years on the streets the winters are really taking their toll now.
So why did I not buy the backpack I coveted so much? Because I simply wanted it not need it. Peter needed a hot drink and money to help get some shelter, so rather than buy the bag that's what I did.
I'm not saying this to make me sound all holier than thou but we fill our lives with so much we want rather than what we need, sometimes by giving up some of what we want we can give others what they need.
What will you give up?
For Zuck or anyone. Great work .
Read and learn.
I can see you now have 658,472 followers on here, which is awesome, but your profile seems a little on the quiet side.
To help you out, here are a few tips to get your started on Google+…
This seems to be very low right now, but that is ok, I’m sure as soon as you start posting people will be plussing like crazy.
I noticed your photo is tagged with your name, which is excellent, but you may like to consider a slightly ‘clearer head shot’, as this is best for purposes of Google Authorship (see below).
You still have the default image - this is a little bit boring, so why not check out some of the ones in the free library?
It is great you have a verified Profile, and shield! How did you get that? Do you know someone at Google or something!?
Just so you know...
an _ each side of the word/phrase makes it italics
a * either side will make it bold
a - will make it a
And you can use them all in combination.
This helps posts look even better.
Linking to your website?
I see in your ‘About Section’ that you ‘make things’. Do you blog? Well, if you link it to your Profile, you may even find your image appearing alongside your content in Google Search (an aspect of something called ‘Google Authorship’, which people seem to love.)
Also you may like to set up a Brand Page which you can usually link to a website (using a rel=publisher markup).
Other social networks:
Just to say, I know people are often already heavily invested in other social platforms, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, and the good news is that you can use Friendsplus.me to distribute your Google+ content straight to other social networks too. This is really handy.
I had a quick look and I couldn't find your channel.
You are really missing out as Google+ and YouTube work hand-in-hand.
The people are awesome on Google+; it is a real community.
And know it is ok Mark, even though you may not know anyone to start with, you’ll make new friends in no time.
p.s. Great to see you’ve been on ‘Google’ since Buzz.
Here is basically a links page to many useful links for teachers who are trying to get a handle on Social Media. It needs a handle so it can be carried around.
I used to run an electronic bulletin board (BBS) called MirrorAbstract BBS that people accessed using dial up modems (when 28.8k BPS was the top speed). I connected to Bulletin boards when 2400 BPS was the maximum. And I even dialed up CompuServe with a 300 baud modem though only once as it was in the days of expensive long distance.
While the WWW was a part of CERN and the Internet was a part of DARPA, we need to find out how to keep the Internet for the people of Earth and not for the Governments of Earth or any one Scientific entity. It needs to be a place of free speech and free thinking to allow the level of innovation we will need to make the future brighter rather than darker.
When I served aboard Enterprise in the Vietnam war and wanted to communicate home, I had to physically write my thoughts on a piece of paper that began it's journey on an airplane by a catapult shot.
So I asked my daughter what she wanted for supper? Not offering any ideas, I began going through a list of the things she often eats from grill cheese sandwiches, to scrambled eggs, to cereal. Seeing her shake her head on every one I offered up, how about monkey brains? With the most serious look she says yes, I immediately reply, oh, I am so sorry, I forgot to get any monkey from the grocery store and they are so hard to keep fresh. She exclaimed, Daddy! I will write this on the grocery list.
Most of these I knew but some of them are common sense rules that never sunk in. Good article.
- Mirror Abstract ProductionsWhere ever the wind takes me, 1996 - presentRather than list my employment history, this is my non-existent company that encompasses every work experience, interest and hobby I have. I decided if I ever started a company it would be called Mirror Abstract Productions and I created the original logo in the Paint program on an early gray scale Macintosh which I printed out on an early dot matrix printer.
BTW, I am NOT a social media expert, nor do I claim to be.
- Capella University,Masters of Science, Information Technology, Enterprise Software Architecture, 2007 - 2010
- Limestone College,Bachelors of Science, Computer Science, 2001 - 2005
- Piedmont Technical College,Associate of Science, Computer Technology, 1997 - 2000
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